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“Such a dangerous place.....” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chamblin Bookmine

Chamblin Bookmine
4551 Roosevelt Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32210
904-384-1685
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Baldwin, Florida
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“Such a dangerous place.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We try to never come to Chamblin's unless we have a big box of books to try to sell - this way it offsets the cost of the huge armloads of books we're going to tote back home with us. This a dangerous place for lovers of the printed word! Even though my entire family has Kindles, there's still something about a bookstore. This is NOT a place where you can pop in and out - be prepared to stay awhile! And it might be smart to bring in a reusable grocery bag or two to tote your purchase home with - cuz you will be making purchases! Also a great place to bring your out-of-town visitors!

Visited May 2014
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Bradenton, Florida, United States
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“Avid Reader”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

one of the best bookstores hand down. If you want a book they are the place to go. They have over a million books on site and even more online. You can get lost (no kidding) roaming this store. It is my favorite place to just go and lose myself in the printed word. They even have books in foreign languages. The staff there is amazing!!! They know where everything is . . . hard to believe . . . but they do right down to things on end caps. If you want it they have it.

Visited April 2014
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“Heaven for bibiophiles!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Do not let the exterior deceive you--this place is huge, and you're bound to get lost, which isn't necessarily a bad thing! If you're a bibliophile, you could spend hours at Chamblin Bookmine. Also, you can find some pretty rare or out-of-print books.Part of the fun is just sifting through all of the books to see what you can find.

Some pieces of advice: I wouldn't recommend purchasing new books from Chamblin. As other reviewers have stated, you can can purchase them from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Books-a-Million for cheaper. However, you can score some great deals on used books. Basically, any book that has the Chamblin Book Mine stamp on the inside cover is 1/2 the original price. Other times, there will be handwritten prices on the inside, often $2.00 or $2.50.

Second, because Chamblin is so large, I would not recommend bringing small children here. They are bound to get lost and may do some running around that might un-nerve customers. It's really meant for adults.

By the way, they do sell dvds, too, and you can get some great bargains on these. Many are located near the cash register.

My husband and I love coming here. It's such a gem and a great escape!

Visited March 2014
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Jacksonville, Florida
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“Great local bookstore”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

They always have what we need for school reading, no matter how obscure. I like that we can return the books for credit when we are done.

Visited December 2013
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Florida, USA
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“Large bookstore”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

I have been buying books from Chamblin for over 20 years now. The store is a very large collection of used books, with some new books scattered in. Books are half off the cover price, unless it is very old. New books are 5 percent off cover price. Be ready to search for the book you want. Customer service has never been very good but they usually will have the book you are looking for.

Visited December 2013
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